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..picking up “the day after”…

February 13, 2012

Grieving is an interesting experience – my posting has been extremely sporadic due to the recent passing of my father in law. While a prolonged debilitating illness made his home-going a merciful event, we’re finally back home picking up the house and living in “the day after”, and then “the day after that…”

Europe, and in particular, Greece is also living in “the day after” –

Hot Air: As Daniel Hannan at CPAC told me, it’s not difficult to feel some empathy for Greek citizens who are going to have to pay for the failure of their government — but that failure is due in no small part to the fiscal insanity demanded by the people in the form of nanny-state entitlements and government mandates.  The likely reaction will be to demand even more of these in the future, but the actual solution is to get government out of the way rather than a guarantor of outcomes.  The longer it takes the Greeks to realize this, the worse their problem will become, and even the latest EU bailout won’t make a difference if the Greeks — and the Italians, the Spaniards, the Portugese, and the Irish — don’t make fundamental changes in their expectations of government

Ultimately, Greeks have to live with the day after – the theaters have burned, history that survived the Nazi’s is in rubble, and yet reality still stands. Life as they knew it has forever changed, and life as it was will never come again for them.

VDH: The next ten years are going to be scary ones for Europeans, as dreams shatter, fantasies dissipate, the “German problem” returns, energy becomes scarce, nationalism returns, issues of demography and immigration acerbate, Russia flexes in eastern Europe and its former republics, and the southern shore of the Mediterranean becomes Islamic— and as a different U.S. decides that its real interests and friends are in Asia.

It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Tolkien – like my mother in law, who said “until I see you on the other side” to her husband of 49&1/2 years…

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 13, 2012 11:46 pm

    I am sorry for your loss.

  2. February 13, 2012 9:57 pm

    My condolences, my friend. May peace and comfort find you and your loved ones quickly.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  3. Ellend permalink
    February 13, 2012 9:57 pm

    Lynn, so sorry for your loss. My father and father-in-law both passed away within a few weeks of each other a couple of years ago. They both passed under similar circumstances as your father-in-law, but it doesn’t diminish the grief and sense of loss.

    Regarding rest of your post, I’m afraid our government is taking us down the same path and it may very well happen in our time. It’s sad that they don’t seem to be learning any lessons from Greece.

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